The Godfather of Shock Rock Stole the Show: Nobody out performs Alice Cooper

The Godfather of Shock Rock Stole the Show: Nobody out performs Alice Cooper


If we learned anything from Friday nights performances it is this; If Alice Cooper is your opening act, you’re probably going to get out played before you ever even take the stage. The 67-year-old “Godfather of shock-rock” threw down a set for the ages. The man, the myth the legend, Alice Cooper put on a rock concert clinic Friday night in front of a sold out Tacoma Dome crowd. The 50 minute set was a perfectly choreographed collaboration between art and rock and roll filled with pyrotechnics as well as creative costumes.

Once the signature Alice Cooper tapestry fell the sparks began to rain down to an epic roar from the sold out arena crowd. Then from the back of the stage, Cooper emerged in a black-and-red pinstripe suit. Cooper held nothing back, jumping straight into his rendition “Hello Hooray” to kick off the set. Cooper’s on stage presence was masterful as he took to center stage immediately playing to the sold out Tacoma Dome. With thousands of cheering fans the band exploded into “No More Mr. Nice Guy” followed by “Under My Wheels“. There wasn’t a ton of production value or theatrical antics during the first quarter of the 13 song set. It was nothing more than Cooper and his band mates owning their music and wowing the crowd. They were the band of the night and they were set on letting their musical prowess do the talking… boy did it ever talk.


Cooper’s band really raised the bar and matched the 67 year olds energy and intensity throughout the set. The bands relatively new guitarist Nita Strauss, formerly of The Iron Maidens, was a more than an adequate replacement for the bands former guitarist Orianthi.  Strauss’ energy definitely resonated throughout the crowd as she delivered a pin point perfect performance. The band continued the power packed set with “I’m Eighteen“. The range of songs in the performance spanned back over decades of a classic Alice Cooper catalog. Mid set the band really hit their stride. They put the pedal to the metal with the 1980’s single “Poison” followed by “Dirty Diamonds” and “Welcome to My Nightmare“.

Alice Cooper is a consummate performer able to steal the spotlight from anyone. In this set, however, it was not only Cooper stealing the show. The guitar play by Strauss, Roxie and Henrikson was in one word, incredible. Take the skill of the six string slayers and put it along side of bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel and the fact is that all the musicians in Alice’s group are more than capable of stealing the show at any point in time and that is exactly what they did.

Ending the 13 song set was a snippet of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” by Pink Floyd followed by “Schools Out“. Last but not least, what Alice Cooper concert would be complete without that legendary guillotine routine?  Cooper’s signature theatrical trick beheading left nothing to be desired and put the exclamation point on the show as his dummy head dropped to the floor. What is left to say about the Alice Cooper performance other than it was the highlight of the night. The Rock and Roll hall of famer stole the show on Friday July 24th 2015…. Period.

Full Setlist:

The Underture
Hello Hooray
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
I’m Eighteen
Billion Dollar Babies
Dirty Diamonds
Welcome to my Nightmare
Feed my Frankenstein
Ballad of Dwight Fry
I Love the Dead
Schools Out




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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